§ 230 and the Civil Rights Modernization Act
You can see the PDF of my testimony (and the other witnesses’ testimony as well), but I thought I’d also blog the text; I commented separately on five different proposals, so I thought I’d break this down accordingly. As I noted, my plan wais mostly to offer an evenhanded analysis of these proposals, focusing (in the interests of brevity) on possible nonobvious effects. I also included my personal views on some of the proposals, but I will try to keep them separate from the objective analysis.
[V.] Civil Rights Modernization Act
This bill would, among other things, allow liability (civil or criminal) for “target[ed]” paid “advertisements” that may violate
- “(A) any Federal, State, or local law, any part of which prohibits discrimination or other adverse action on the basis of a protected class or status [i.e., actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), age, disability, familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or citizenship or immigration status];”
- “(B) any other Federal law that is administered or enforced, in whole or in part, by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice; or”
- “(C) any Federal, State, or local law that prohibits the dissemination of false or misleading information intended, with respect to an election for public office, to prevent voters from casting their ballots or t
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